California’s Napa Valley has become a wine-growing mecca known worldwide. The area’s terroirs are ideal for producing world-class wines—which famously beat some of the finest French labels in the 1976 blind tasting known as the Judgment of Paris. With notable architectural landmarks including fantasy castles and historic family estates, and recreational opportunities ranging from golf and hot-air balloon rides to art collections and music festivals, plus gorgeous sightseeing along Highway 29, Napa is one of the premier vacation and wedding destinations in America.
In the Spirit of Napa surveys great local food and wine establishments, including legendary wine pioneers like Robert Mondavi and Jacob Beringer; cult upstarts such as Screaming Eagle and Harlan Estate; Oakville Grocery and Oxbow Market; The French Laundry and the Napa Valley Wine Train; Swanson Sip Shoppe and Clos Pégase; Gotts Roadside and Model Bakery, and many more. Featuring a survey of Napa’s history and culture by Jennifer Raiser, In the Spirit of Napa concludes with a comprehensive guide to hotels, restaurants, wineries and tasting rooms, natural mineral spas, sightseeing, entertainment, and recreation.